CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Wyatt Turner was a senior in high school in 2007 when he figured out social media would be a great way to promote his aspirations to be a country singer.
He began posting You Tube videos and using other platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to alert his growing fan base. The formula led to an invitation to Nashville, where he began recording and performing -- enough to make a living with music.
But this week, the Pocahontas County native realized just how powerful the social media could be when he posted an original song entitled,"You Remind Me of West Virginia," and saw it get nearly 49,000 hits in less than two days.
"Overnight, it has gone viral -- it's completely blown my mind," said Turner, who recently moved back to West Virginia because his manager lives in Union. "If you'd have told me this is what would happen, I'd have said you're crazy."
Turner said he wrote the hook for the song during a trip back home from Nashville as he crossed the state line and saw the "welcome" sign.
"I wrote it down and never did anything with it," he said.
Just recently, as he was preparing to head to the studio to record his upcoming album, he pulled out his "hook book," as he calls it, and came across that idea.
"I went for a little drive and the song literally came to me in probably 30 minutes," Turner said.
The chorus goes like this:
"You're wild and wonderful like a breeze I've always known
You're my country road, Oh, girl you take me home